Baby Girl on the Way for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

07/31/2015 at 02:10 PM ET

Facebook’s newest user is on her way.

Mark Zuckerberg took to his social media platform on Friday to announce that he and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl.

“This will be a new chapter in our lives,” he wrote. “We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we’ll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation.”

The 31-year-old mogul, who married Chan in 2012, also opened up about the couple’s struggles to conceive.

“We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way.

“You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.

Mark Zuckerberg, Wife Pregnant
Courtesy Mark Zuckerberg

“In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.

“When we started talking to our friends, we realized how frequently this happened — that many people we knew had similar issues and that nearly all had healthy children after all.

“We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well.

Our good news is that our pregnancy is now far enough along that the risk of loss is very low and we are very hopeful.”

Adding that his wife and baby are “both healthy” — and that the pair’s dog Beast has “no idea what’s coming” — the doting dad-to-be said he’s “extremely excited to meet his little girl.” And she already has him wrapped around one particular finger …

“In our ultrasound, she even gave me a thumbs up ‘like’ with her hand, so I’m already convinced she takes after me,” he joked.

Kate Hogan

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cds on

They seem like a nice couple.

Sam on

Three miscarriages? Dang that sucks. Congrats on the baby, hope the rest of the pregnancy is healthy.

Reesiesmommy on

Congratulations on your impending arrival. Children are such blessings. God bless you all.

kaye on

Facebook’s newest user is on her way.
You have to be 13 to use Facebook. Hopefully by that time, Facebook will be obsolete.

Mellie on

Congratulations on your pregnancy (your baby girl), and the happiness that you’ll never know until you experience it. It is wonderful!
Much happiness to you both and to your families.
CUTE dog!

Guest on

Thanks for sharing your story. Congratulations!

Catherine on

I think it’s nice that he shared their story. He’s right that a lot of people don’t talk about it, and I think it is pretty common. Also, their dog is hilarious. It really does look like a mop.

KT on

He is awesome for sharing their experience and writing that post. He is 100% correct. Many families have miscarriages and very few talk about it. Those families need to know that many others can empathize with them and they are not alone. Miscarriages are very “normal.” It makes you realize how much of a miracle a successful pregnancy and childbirth actually is.

Susan on

It blows my mind that he is married. He always seems so geeky and anti-social in interviews I’ve seen of him. Congrats to them on their newest family member.

Kathleen on

As a pediatrician, she knows how common this stuff is. Was his post an advertisement for Facebook?

Libby on

Wow a white guy and an Asian woman- so exotic! A combo you really never see anywhere!
Plus- an Asian doctor!?
Kudos and best to them both!

Lisa on

He is marry?He is so weird and nerdy.He is one of the most unattractive guys I ever seen.Good for him for finding someone.Congrats to both of them.

JMO on

Congratulations? Thank you for sharing something so difficult for so many to discuss. All the best for a peaceful pregnancy and best wishes for a healthy and happy baby girl.

JMO on

Dang… that was suppose to be congratulations! Not with a question mark.

Yandy on

Congratulations to the parents-to-be!

That dog looks like it wants all that hair off of it – it’s summer!

Sadie on

That’s sad about the miscarriages, however, I’m glad that they’ve finally achieved their dream of becoming parents. Congratulations to them!

And I’m a dog person, however, that dog looks like an oversized mop…kinda weird.

educator on

God so loved the world..and Mark has done the same to Priscilla 😉

Lana on

To Libby,He is Jewish.Truth in your comment.It is not as common as black/ white or white/hispanics couples.Usually when you see them the guy is much older or creepy looking.Glad this is not the case.

J on


She’s a pediatrician, not an obstetrician. I think it’s nice that they’re being open about it. Take your ignorant, poopy attitude elsewhere.

ywendy956 on

really happy about this new age kid on her way

gyl on

So nice of them to share the experience miscarriage. Though it is something unpleasant, it is good that they shared the truth. I love that they did not do some “bathroom mirror: bikini clad- bare belly shoot” that has become a norm in our society. Best wishes to them.

Brianna on

Congrats on the baby girl to be!
However, that dog looks like most of its fur is made of yarn or somebody replaced the fur with a few mops!

Anonymous on

Congrats to them! I wonder when she’s due?

mer on

Three miscarriages! Poor Priscilla! Congrats and fingers crossed that all will be alright this time. They seem like a very nice couple and down-to-earth given their surroundings. They do a lot for the world than the rest of us.

MollyFa on

So happy to hear this.
@Brianna the dog is a Komendot, and that’s how their fur is. Their in cords.

Rol on

Congrats on having a girl!

Hater on

Be sure to get lots of vaccines little fuckerburg. If that is your real name.